Originally a series of novels by Leslie Charteris, Simon Templar, better known as The Saint, also starred in seven RKO movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Most people are aware of the British television series in the 1960s that starred Roger Moore before he went onto further fame as James Bond. And some might remember Val Kilmer in the title role in the horrible 1997 movie.
But the reason we’re here today is because The Saint also had several runs on Old Time Radio. It first aired in 1940 with Terence De Marney in the title role. It then went on hiatus for five years until NBC picked it up with Edgar Barrier as The Saint. Two years later it moved to CBS with Brian Aherne in the role. But the most famous Saint was Vincent Price, who starred in the role of Simon Templar on CBS from 1947 through 1951.
Here is an episode from 1950, when the show had again switched to NBC. I hope you enjoy Price as “the Robin Hood of modern crime.”
Considering the current tensions in Korea, of particular note in this broadcast is the special news bulletin at the beginning announcing that North Korean troops were on the move.
“Search for a Killer”
Original Air Date:
July 02, 1950
Starring Vincent Price as Simon Templar
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